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How are you?
On this episode, I am coming to you live from my beloved Louisville Ky.
I just celebrated my birthday, and Granny Ann's birthday.
In vacay mode currently- celebrated my husband's grandmother's birthday too.
Have you traveled with a toddler? How did that go?
I'd share my experience here
I got off work and my hubby picked me up. They had dinner earlier. I came home, Showered and got ready to ge in the car. We had 13 hours to go since I was not going to drive but my husband was my goal was to make sure we all had all we needed and we were comfortable
Thing We Took:
-Books for my toddler to color on
-A tablet for the toddler with downloaded apps not needing Wifi- just in case you need it.
-Favorite toddler books and colors
-Knitting yarn for me
-Chargers for devices
-A favorite cd with songs for the toddler
-Potty Seat for toilet
-Pull ups n big kids under wear
What We used
-CD w favorite Song
How it Went Down…
One thing I am glad we did was to get little one in his pj's. I had him wear his pull ups and made sure all he had to drink was water... Juice makes the kiddo pee a lot 😓
When we got in the car, all we did just chitchat for a bit and soon enough, lil one fell asleep. I read a book on my phone and the hubs listened to sports on the radio ( Sirius FM- is awesome for roadtrips👍🏽).
After about 5 hours, toddler woke, are we there yet? Nope
He ate jerky with us, sang his favourite songs .. I fell asleep 😴😴😴
When we stopped for gas, we all got out to stretch and use the resroom, even lil man did too.
We got into the car and kept driving... Toddler and I fell asleep while the hubs listened to his audiobook till we got to our destination.
What I learned
1. Communicate. Yes even here it is important. I started telling to little one months ago we where going to travel to see his extended family, why we were going and my inlaws also talked about it. We made sure to build excitement around it- we were happy to be taking a vacay too so our excitement I think spilled out to the little one. When we were in the car, the little one was excited; we talked and sang and talked and he fell asleep. He was excited to see his Nana ❤
2. It is easier to enjoy your audiobook and also stay awake listening to it if the lil one is asleep. Be careful not to pick something with eerie sounds or loud noise in it- you might startle your kid. If it is possible, listen to it prior to the trip or read reviews before you buy it just to make sure
3. Stay dehydrated. Rather than soda, drink water on the road. It keeps from swollen legs if it is a long drive.
4. Understand how much your toddler uses the bathroom if they have water vs juice and choose the best drink for them. In my opinion, juice makes them go every other couple minutes, so we drank water.
5. Choose the right apps that do not require wifi for your tablet or phone for your kid. I had read a post about some good apps for traveling but the apps where not for android phones.
Here are some free ones I downloaded for android:
- Coloring and Learn, it has many sections and he seemed to like it.
-Baby Panda Robot Kitchen, we played this when we got to our destination, even adults might like this one.
Enjoy your time on the road... It is better to have all you need packed than not enough. I had a charged tablet ready for my toddler to use but I was hoping he slept on the drive so would not bring it out. I am glad he did sleep. It made for an excellent next day where he was not cranky but ready to have a good time.
Episodes would be going out on Saturdays not Wednesdays like before, I'd talk about life changes happening in my life on the next episode.
As always, remain blessed and I'd see you in the next episode.